Tribune News Service: Ray Chavez, nation’s oldest Pearl Harbor survivor, dies at 106
By Pam Kragen: Ray Chavez, America’s Oldest Survivor of Pearl Harbor Attack, Dies at 106
By Richard Sisk: Remains of Heroic WWII B-24 Pilot Identified 73 Years Later
As a 22-year-old in 1944, Lazar Karakashev, from the tiny Bulgarian village of Churen, had rushed to the mountainside where an American bomber crashed and helped pull from the wreckage the body of a pilot — who had stayed at the controls to allow his crew to bail out.
The pilot, 1st Lt. John D. Crouchley, 26, of Providence, Rhode Island, was the enemy at the time — Bulgaria was still allied with Germany — but the villagers treated the remains with respect. They dug a grave, prayed for the soul of the pilot, and fashioned a cross to mark the site.
The Angry Staff Officer: Thanksgiving Safety Brief
First off, don’t drink and drive. That’s just basic. Watch out for slips, trips, and falls. Next, if you get stuck between your violently right wing uncle and your violently left wing aunt, execute the following battle drill: get out your phone and start playing cat videos. The angry middle-aged relatives cannot resist and will cease firing for a time. If you cannot break contact, just start throwing gravy. Yes, it will be uncomfortable for a bit, but it’s better than the complete family division that they will undoubtedly sow if left unchecked.
By James Barber: Watch the Seattle Seahawks Host Service Members for Thanksgiving
Media Availability with Secretary Mattis
Face of Defense; Firefighting from the Sky
EXPLORE – AC-130 Angels of Death
By Scott Smith, syndicated from consumersadvocate.org: K9s for Warriors: Together We Stand
There is no faith which has never yet been broken, except that of a truly faithful dog.
By James M. Scott: Manila Massacred: Remembering One of the Pacific War’s Nastiest Battles
Scores more struggled to understand the level of barbarity inflicted upon them. “It was just total hatred and savagery,” explained Juan Jose P. Rocha, whose mother was killed by shrapnel. “You cannot explain it.”
By James Barber: ‘Operation Finale’: The Hunt for a Nazi War Criminal
In 1960, Israeli secret agents were tasked with running down rumors that Nazi SS-Obersturmbannführer Adolf Eichmann was alive and well in Argentina. Known as “the Architect of the Final Solution,” Eichmann was the highest-profile German officer to escape prosecution after World War II.
“Operation Finale” (out now on Digital, coming to Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on Dec. 4) tells the story of Eichmann’s capture and eventual prosecution back in Israel. Unlike the Nuremberg Trials, Eichmann’s court proceedings were broadcast live all over the world, giving many people their first opportunity to hear details of the Holocaust.